In 1981 Cyril Neveu was recruited by Honda following his 2 previous victories on the already famous PARIS-DAKAR.To give itself the best chance of success Honda built an experienced rider's team. The XL500 was fitted by the Honda France racing service. By lack of experience for this type of very long race, the results will not be up to expectations. Many technical problems will not prevent the grumpy Cyril Neveu to finish in Dakar, last !
CLASSIC RED has just restored this XL500 in memory of this memorable year.
In 1982 Honda R&D will prepare him a super reliable XL550 which will allow to Cyril Neveu to win all the races of the year !